Education feature: Class shows students how to take a dive

Scuba

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com This fall at Eastern New Mexico University, exploration is just a dive away as a scuba diving certification course will be available to the public. The class is taught by Mike Hale, who has been holding scuba certification courses at ENMU for the past 11 years. “Mike […]

West Nile Virus cases reported

Stock image: mosquito

CMI staff A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Shaking up business

business

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Drug shakes town

town

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Christian Garcia said it will take more than pep rallies to rid his school of synthetic marijuana, its street name known as spice, because it’s popular among students right now. “They have these pep rallies but the ones who are doing it aren’t going to stop because of […]

Q&A: Ex-marine leads police force

exMarine

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Interim police chief Pat Gallegos has come a long way. Nineteen years ago he had just graduated from Portales High School and was headed to the Marines and now Gallegos is the Interim Chief of Police. With the police department in an uncertain situation after the resignation […]

Aiming for Glory

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Chiefs running back Griffin Hooker, 10, rumbles over Broncos defenders on his way to the goal line.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Grade school students from across Roosevelt County aimed for gridiron glory Saturday as Portales City Sports kicked off their youth tackle football season at the Portales Junior High football field. “I was pretty much born a football fan so I’m ready,” said Alex Cleveland, 9, of the […]

Groundwater discharge hearing set

File photo
Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dairymen felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give them a platform to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December 2010 […]

The train is comin’

Baxter Black

The furor of lawsuit threats, animal rights terrorists, gesticulating celebrity actors and ex-politicians traveling the countryside like Barnum and Bailey is finally bringing out those who really have something at stake in the Wild Horse/Domestic Horse slaughter issue. It is easy for a movie star or politician or animal rights advocate to fall under the […]

Something special: Events kick off at Special Olympics state equestrian competition

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

Grant McGee

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]